Learning through Travel

We think it is very important our students learn about the other countries and cultures which is why we have linked up with schools and projects in Africa, Asia and Europe for a number of years now.

We achieved the very prestigious British Council International School Award for our efforts in this field and The Right Honourable Alan Duncan MP, Minister for International Development, presented this award to us during a visit in 2012.


A project was run successfully from 2008 – 2010 with a school from Azerbaijan. Co-ordinated by British Council and the Youth Sports Trust, the Dreams and Teams project was all about disability in sport between Cardinal Heenan and Lankaran Mekteb On in Lankaran. It involved an exchange of staff and a range of equipment was also sent to the school. Staff helped to set up lessons for disabled pupils - something new to education in Azerbaijan.

The project was a great success and led to the Lankaran school being named school of the year in Azerbaijan, and the Azerbaijan government actually changing its policy regarding disability and education, particularly in sport.


Cardinal Heenan has worked with a school in Shanghai, Liverpool's twin city, for several years now. We have a link with Bile High School in the Huangpu District of Shanghai, with regular emails and letters being sent between students at Bile and our pupils who have been studying Mandarin for the past two years.  We now also have a class of year 7 pupils studying Mandarin as part of their curriculum.

We also embarked on a project with Bile and the Museum of Liverpool when it opened. The project was called ‘Parallel Lives’ and the results are exhibited in the Global City Gallery on the ground floor of the museum - check it out!

In 2010 some of our sixth form students took part in the International Sister Cities Youth Camp in Shanghai.  Students from Cardinal Heenan and other Liverpool secondary schools also worked at the Liverpool Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.  Two of our staff have also been to Shanghai to teach at Bile.


Following the fantastic success of of our football teams in winning back-to-back national titles, our boys were invited to New Delhi, India, to take part in one of the biggest school football tournaments in the world.

The invitation to represent England at the Subroto Cup, came from Air commodore Ashak Lal of the Indian Airforce, who organised this global event. We could appreciate that this was an amazing opportunity for the youngsters involved and a wonderful reward for the team, whose achievements were a direct result of their commitment, dedication and desire to succeed. They all demonstrated incredible professionalism in their approach to training and competition.

The scale of the tournament was reflected in the media attention it attracted. National newspapers, including The Times, documented their success in the competition and a number of the boys and the coach took part in televised interviews.

During the trip, students had the privilege to visit Mother Theresa's orphanage, Taj Mahal and Aggra Forte. Aside from being great fun, it was also very educational and really opened the students minds to how other people live. They were able to sample authentic cuisine and develop an understanding of the culture of India.

This was a life changing trip and once again Cardinal Heenan students conducted themselves with integrity and impeccable manners and were complimented by event organisers and hotel staff.

They were a credit to the school and their country as they competed against students three years older than themselves, in temperatures in excess of 45 degrees!

Other International Work

  • We took part in a British Council Comenius Project called ‘Sensing Europe’ in the summer of 2012.  The project involved visits by staff and pupils to schools in Germany, Poland, Greece and Turkey
  • Our languages department has embarked on projects with two schools in Spain and one in France
  • We have worked with a school in Sierra Leone
  • Cardinal Heenan students have undertaken charity work in Kenya, Borneo, Malaysia and India as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • We have taken part in a ‘Connecting Classrooms Project’ with schools in Palestine - in Jericho and the Jordan Valley
  • We have had visits last year from a school from Ljubliana, Slovenia and one from Arnhem, Netherlands and football tours have taken place to the Netherlands, USA and India
  • We also hosted a German teacher at our school for two weeks in 2012.